The experienced Fred Barrett played in the opening game of the 1928-29 season and being released by Chelsea he sought and was granted his release from Dundalk to go to Ards in the Irish League. His replacement at left full was the much travelled and equally experienced Inverness-born Jimmy McKechnie, who had been on the books of six clubs over eight English League seasons, starting with the 1919-20 season, and had made 99 English League and a handful of FA Cup appearances.
His well-worn football passport read; 1919 First Div. Newcastle United (0 appearances), 1920 Third Div. Northampton Town (11), 1921 Third Div. South Exeter City (18), 1922 Second Div. Stockport County (8), 1923-25 Second Div. Clapton Orient (47) and 1926 Third Div. North Crewe Alexander (15).
But by the end of November, after making 11 League appearances, Jimmy had departed, and the Dundalk Democrat offered the view that “he had never fitted into the team and had failed to reproduce the form good enough for the Free State League.”